French Presidential Debate: Much Ado About Nothing

Reading Time: 6 minutesFrom time to time, there is such a build-up to a mid-week football match, that you cannot wait for the Wednesday night. The build-up to this week’s French presidential debate promised a night of high drama, philosophical insights and antipodal ideologies. Instead, I was forced to watch the debate on my iPad, my son having […]

French Press (4) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 2 minutes(IV) Emmanuel Macron’s Late Night Out Up to now, compared to Marine Le Pen, I’ve been quite nice to Emmanuel Macron. Well, one thing’s for sure: nobody’s perfect I was fortunate enough to attend the Euro 2000 football championship final between Italy and France, that took place in Rotterdam. I was standing in the midst […]

French Press (3) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 3 minutes(III) Evolution And Decomposition Of French Politics   The fact that there is no Republican candidate in the second round of the French presidential elections, coupled with the disintegration of the French socialists, underscores the fact that the French political landscape has undergone a seismic shift, for the first time in the long history of […]

French Press (2) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 3 minutes(II) Marine Le Pen’s Splitting Headache Over Europe   The situation at the Whirlpool plant, situated in the northern town of Amiens, underscores the nature of the combat between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The fact that the American owners want to relocate the plant in Poland, is, for Le Pen, the epitome of […]

Why You Should All Vote For Jeremy Corbyn

Reading Time: 5 minutesPlato And Jeremy Corbyn: “Whose Idea Was This Anyway?”     With the June election rapidly approaching, I’m going to dedicate a post to the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. I know that my views don’t matter one iota, and, what’s more, I cannot even vote. Well, that should make you listen […]

French Press – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 3 minutesA series of short posts highlighting interesting points arising during the final countdown to the French presidential election.   (I) – Storm in a “Whirlpool”   It’s what we call “l’entre deux tours” (between the two rounds) of the French presidential election. And I can just sit back behind my computer and relax. All I […]

Am I Dreaming, Or Is Turkey About To Leave The EU?


Reading Time: 12 minutesIf I talked to you about a country that just had a dubiously run referendum, the result of which was so close, as to be invalid for such a huge constitutional change, you would probably be thinking of Turkey. If I then told you that the leader of this country will organise elections with the […]

France Can Accept The Truth, But Cannot Stand The Lies

Reading Time: 6 minutesMes enfants, it’s fast approaching squeaky bum time in France, with the first round of the 2017 presidential election due on the 23rd April. The political situation in France is, as I see it, similar to that of 2002, when far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, father of present-day Marine, reached the second round to everybody’s […]

Pays-Bas: Même Une Politique du Centre Peut Etre Cool

Reading Time: 5 minutesLe résultat des élections parlementaires du 15 mars aux Pays-Bas, est une victoire pour le premier ministre actuel, Mark Rutte. Bien que son parti, le VVD, demeure le plus grand parti politique du pays, malgré sa régression en termes du nombre de sièges obtenus, Rutte peut rencontrer des difficultés lors de la formation d’une coalition […]

Piggy-In-The-Middle: Even Centre-Ground Politics Can Be Cool

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe result of the Dutch parliamentary elections, that took place on Wednesday 15th March, is a victory for the current prime minister, Mark Rutte. Although his party, the VVD, remain the largest political party in the Netherlands despite losing 8 parliamentary seats, Mark Rutte may face difficulties in forming a working coalition. It is probable […]